Making It a Vacation

Moving is an adventure. With a little luck, your new house won't soon be called the Temple of Doom! Even if you are simply moving to a new house within the same town or neighborhood, you can make the moving experience an adventure. There will be a new home, yard, or maybe even acreage to explore, get to know, and make your own.

Try this: Spend some time in the empty house before anything is unloaded from the truck. Wander through the house. Search for each room's personality. Get everyone's ideas and suggestions, discounting none of them. You may be surprised at all the ideas that emerge! Most will probably never materialize, but even if just one or two become a family goal, you will be well on the way to making the new house your home. Life is still an adventure.

There will be many new things to see and do in your new location. Finding them can help you reduce the anxiety of your decision to move—even if the decision was forced.

Make the trip to your new home a mini-vacation—even if it's across town. Here are some ideas:

  • Take the scenic route to your new town.

  • Ask the others in your wagon train where they want to stop along the way.

  • Plan a picnic at a state or national park.

  • Stop at a lake on the way and rent a canoe for a couple hours.

  • Go horseback riding for an hour.

  • Visit a science museum in your new town.

  • Visit a local history or art museum.

  • Whether driving, flying, or training, try some food you have never tried before.

Moving Tips

You just never know where you'll find some fun. On one move, we discovered a fantastic clock museum in Spillville, Iowa, and an interesting Norwegian museum in Decorah, Iowa. We discovered both through a regional brochure picked up in a restaurant along the way.

The longer the distance, the better the chance of finding fun activities along the way. If possible, leave an extra day—or at least a few hours—for exploring. Ask the locals where they take out-of-town guests. Slip off the Interstate highway for awhile and drive an older state highway that wanders through small towns.

Learn things about the area you're going to or through and its history. Then let the kids be Plains Indians, or Lewis and Clark, or astronauts on the way to lift-off.

Even if you're flying to your new home, you can probably schedule a layover somewhere interesting en route. For example, flying coast to coast, schedule a plane change in Denver, Minneapolis, or Dallas. Come in one day and fly out the next, using the evening and morning to see the sights.

If you have teenagers traveling with you...pray for guidance. In addition, consider letting them plan your itinerary. Really! You may find that their ideas will give you a fresh look at your trip—and help them feel more in control of the process. Give them some cash to spend along the way.

Sometimes there are friends or relatives living along your path who you want to visit. Or maybe other family members have friends who have moved away that they want to see again. In addition to giving you a chance to see relatives and friends, you can save some money on motel bills! Even if you're flying, you can plan to visit with friends and relatives at the airport during layovers.

 
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